Persons under the age of 18 are not accepted into the Citizen Police Academy.
How long is the CPA?
The Citizen Police Academy is offered in the evening over a thirteen consecutive week period, with classes once per week. Classes begin at 6:30 p.m. and conclude at 9 p.m.
Who could I talk to about participating and/or applying for the CPA?
You may contact the Enid Police Department Training/Community Relations Division, Lt. Gary Fuxa or Officer Darin Morris at 580-242-7000 extension 7113 or 7055 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
What happens if I have to miss a session?
Of course, we encourage your attendance at every session. However, we do know that life happens. We ask that you attend at least eleven of the thirteen sessions of the program. We feel excessive absences limit your ability to bond with the other participants and fully appreciate the total experience.
Do CPA participants get to fire weapons?
Yes, a voluntary Firearms Familiarization Day will be scheduled on a Saturday for those participants interested in experiencing that aspect of the work. Participants receive basic safety and skill instruction, and then fire several types of weapons from the department's inventory. Strict controls are in place for your safety. This experience does not serve as a qualification to carry a firearm; it is for familiarization only.
Is riding with a police officer safe?
Your safety is of primary concern to us. If at any time you do not feel comfortable with the experience, you may ask the officer to bring you back to the station and drop you off. Should the officer you are riding with receive an exceptionally dangerous or hazardous call, he or she may decide to drop you off anyway. At all times, obey the instructions given to you by the officer you are with, they are sensitive to your safety and will protect you.
Do we get to ride with a police officer during the program?
Yes. In fact, ride-alongs, as we call them, are highly encouraged and an important part of the Citizens Police Academy experience. We recommend that you ride a minimum of four hours with an officer on either the evening or midnight shift, preferably on a Friday or Saturday. A sign-up calendar will be available for each participant to schedule a time, in two or four hour blocks. Times are flexible and can be adjusted should conflicts arise.
Is there a participation fee?
No there is no cost for the participants.
Do I have to live in the City of Enid in order to participate in the Citizens' Police Academy?
Because our program focuses on the local area, Citizens Police Academy participants must live or work in the Enid community.
Does the Citizens' Police Academy prepare me for a job as a police officer?
The Citizens Police Academy class is not a training class, but is an exciting information class, a behind- the-scenes look at the Enid Police Department. Persons interested in pursuing a career as a law enforcement officer with the City of Enid should contact the Human Resources Department at 580-234-0400 for job announcements or the Enid Police Department website http://www.enid.org/police.
What is the Enid Police Department Citizens' Police Academy?
The goal of the Enid Police Department, Citizens Police Academy is to educate Enid citizens about the structure and activities of their police department. The Citizens Police Academy class is not a training class, but is an exciting information class, a behind- the-scenes look at the Enid Police Department. We have designed the Citizens Police Academy to accomplish several goals. The most important goal is to open channels of communication between the citizen's of Enid and their Police Department. Additionally, we want to develop an understanding of the police role in the community. The objective of the Academy is not to make police officers out of the graduates, but to make them better informed citizens, with an accurate knowledge of our many responsibilities and functions.
Can I carry a gun?
Participants are not permitted to carry weapons.
Do I get an ID badge?
Participants are required to wear appropriate attire and their identification badges (provided at the first session) during all training activities. Identification badges will be returned to the Training Staff after graduation.